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August 30, 2013

If You Can't Make the In-Person Orientation Tour...

If our library tours don't jive with your schedule, we hope this goofy video will help familiarize you with our library!

August 28, 2013

Do You Have Your SUNYCard?

Your student ID, or SUNYCard is more than just identification. It has many uses on campus and is critical to using the library.

First and foremost, Your SUNYCard is your library card. Present your SUNYCard when you are checking out books from the library.

If you add money to your card, it will come in handy for several tasks. Your SUNYCard pays for printing, photocopying, and library fines.

The place where you add money to your card is called your Podium account. You can put money into your Podium account in many ways. The Dewey Library has a Podium Machine near the Reference Desk where you can add money to your account. Should you forget your SUNYCard, you can purchase a Podium card for $1.00 but then you will need to add money to the account itself. Also the Podium card simply allows printing and photocopying - you cannot borrow materials with it. To save yourself $1.00, remember to bring your SUNYCard when you come to the library!

There are several other ways to put money on your card: you can go to the SUNYCard office in the Campus Center (Room B-52), by call the SUNYCard office at 442-5989, mail a check or your credit card number on the appropriate form, or add money with a credit card online at PodiumNet.

For more questions about how the SUNYCard can be used at the library, stop by the Circulation Desk or call 442-3693.

August 27, 2013

What is the Social Work Information Literacy Requirement?

The School of Social Welfare's MSW program has an information literacy component consisting of two library seminars. Many students have questions about which seminars are most appropriate for their course of study

All Social Welfare students must take the Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar is required within your first 15 credit hours in the program. You will learn about basic library services and resources that are particularly helpful for social welfare research, including databases, encyclopedias, internet resources. This class will provide you with a general orientation to beginning social welfare research using materials in the library, and teach you some advanced database searching strategies.

Once you take the Social Welfare Research Seminar, you have your choice of topics for the advanced seminar. 
The topic may differ, depending on your academic concentration. Here is some assistance in making this choice:

General classes recommended for all students:

*Introduction to Research Databases: learn how to effectively search for articles using databases
Conducting Research Online : an overview of research resources that can be accessed from outside the libraries
Using EndNote: EndNote software helps organize sources and produce bibliographies

Recommended for direct practice students:

Library Resources for Evidence-Based Practice: learn how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice

Recommended for MACRO students:

Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: resources for finding the legal authority for polices, constructing a legislative history and evaluating federal public policies
Introduction to Westlaw Campus: how to find statutes, regulations, cases, and other legal information
Non-Profit Organizations: Information Sources: print, online and Internet sources for information regarding non-profit organizations

If you have other questions about this requirement, please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, the library subject specialist for Social Welfare. She can be reached by email (elasdabergman@albany.edu) or phone 442-3695. You can register for a class by calling 442-3691, by stopping by the Reference Desk or use our online registration form

August 26, 2013

New to the Downtown Campus? Take an Orientation Tour!

Welcome, new and returning students! If you would like to know more about the Dewey Library's services, resources and facilities, come take an orientation tour! They are offered the first two weeks of class:

Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00pm
Thursday, August 29 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 4 at 4:00pm
Thursday, September 5 at 4:00pm

If you would like to sign up for a tour, please stop by the Reference Desk,call 442-3691 or email us.

August 21, 2013

Former Head of Dewey Retires

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Over the summer, we bid adieu to longtime librarian and former head of the Dewey Library Mary Jane Brustman. Mary Jane worked at the University Libraries for 30 years, and for much of that time was the bibliographer for Social Welfare and Criminal Justice here at Dewey. For several years she was also head of the Dewey Library but was quickly promoted in 2008 to Assistant Director for Public Services.

Mary Jane will be spending her winters in the desert and her summers in the mountains. We wish her well!

August 14, 2013

New Titles in the Reference Collection

Here are some other great new books recently added to the Dewey Library reference collection. As always, if you are interested in looking at any of these titles or seeing what reference books we have on another topoic, please drop by the Dewey Library Reference Desk.

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101 Great, Ready-to-use
Book Lists for Teens

Through much professional collaboration, librarian Nancy
Keane—creator of the award-wining website Booktalks-Quick
and Simple---
amassed this extensive list of current books appropriate for librarians
to draw from when searching for a teen book relevant to a specific topic, gender,
or interest.  The book breaks the lists
down into categories such as Genres, Characters, Books about Self, and
‘Readalike’ suggestions.  A few examples
of lists include: Steampunk, Bromance, Mean Girls, Werewolves, Secret
Societies, Vampires for Boys, Girls Who Kick Butt, and Humor. This
comprehensive guide is a great place to look when seeking advice for your
library’s teen section, and could prove especially useful in planning for Summer


Keane, Nancy J.   101 great, ready-to-use book lists for teens /
  Nancy J. Keane.   Santa Barbara, California : Libraries
Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2012]

Dewey Library / Reference: Z 1037 K287 2012


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Managing Children in Disasters

This book reviews steps that can and should be taken to protect children in
the event of a disaster striking a community. 
It explores the agencies and organizations already in place and
responsible for ensuring the safety of children in times of chaos or under a
threat.  Children must be protected and
handled differently than the rest of the population in the event of a disaster,
especially when separated from their parents. 
This book outlines the issues one should carefully consider when
managing children in the event of a disaster in both urban and rural
areas.  It also highlights disaster
preparedness needs that experts feel have been underappreciated and

Bullock, Jane A.   Managing children
in disasters :   planning for their
unique needs /   Jane A. Bullock, George
D. Haddow, Damon P. Coppola.   Boca
Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2011.

Dewey Library / Reference: HV 555 U6 B85 2011



101 Careers in Counseling

Previously featured in our Social Work Career Advice blog
post, this reference book is the perfect resource for unconventional leads on
your social work job search.  The author,
Shannon Hodges, has her thumb on the pulse of the most exciting careers for
counselors available today.  The book
offers questionnaires, checklists, and useful self-inventories; use our book
scanner and create yourself a handy guide from this Reference resource.  In addition to facts such as salary ranges
and necessary credentials, 101 Careers in
offers firsthand accounts of actual counselors and their
experiences in the field and on their job searches.

Hodges, Shannon.   101 careers in counseling /
  Shannon Hodges.   New York : Springer Pub., c2012.

Dewey Library / Reference: BF 636.6 H63 2012


terrorist orgs.JPGThe Complete Encyclopedia of Terrorist Organisations

It might surprise you to learn from this reference item just how many
terrorist cells and organizations are based in America.  This book provides an overview of each group
and its ideologies, as well cross-references to help readers make connections
and association between the groups.  Its
author served over twenty-eight years with the British Armed Forces and uses
this encyclopedia to convey his wealth of knowledge of current and recent
terrorist cell activity and notable figures within key organizations.

Ashley, Paul.   The complete encyclopedia of terrorist organisations /   Paul Ashley.   Philadelphia, PA : Casemate, 2012, c2011.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 6431 A83X 2012

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley

August 12, 2013

Pioneers in Public Administration

Throughout the summer, we have highlighted the "pioneers" - critical innovators in each of the programs offered at the downtown campus. Here is the final installment of this series- those in the field of public administration.

Dwight Waldo (1913 - October 27, 2000) was an American political scientist who wrote many texts that changed the way we approach public management today by encouraging scientific study of the very practice of management. Waldo recognized the complex nature of managing workers, and spent his life and career theorizing and testing the best strategies to do so. He believed that intelligent management was the key to a successful organization.

Check out:
Revisiting Waldo's administrative state:constancy and change in public administration. David H. Rosenbloom and Howard E. McCurdy,editors. Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2006.
Dewey Library / JF 1351 R4645 2006

Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 - February 3, 1924), our 28th President (from 1913-1921), was also a student of Public Administration. It was only through the study of Public Administration that Wilson believed government could become more efficient. Wilson forever changed the way the office of the President approaches bureaucracy. In an essay published in Political Science Quarterly in July 1887, he discussed how important he believed it was for those in power to sometimes make decisions that go against popular opinion. Rather than allow the country to be run by political machines, Wilson advocated that the strength of Public Administration was in the proper study of how to make public policy work most efficiently.

Check out:
Democracy and administration : Woodrow Wilson's ideas and the challenges of public management / Brian J. Cook. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2007.
University Library / JK 421 C635 2007


Frederick Taylor (March 20, 1856 - March 21, 1915) was the architect of the Principles of Scientific Management, also known as Taylorism; he advocated the study of workflow statistics in order to keep administration better informed and capable of making the most efficient management decisions and changes possible. He recognized that for management to evolve, theories of management must be developed, tested, and evaluated scientifically.

Check out:
The one best way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the enigma of efficiency. Robert Kangel. New York : Viking, 1997.
Dewey Library / TK 55.9 K37 1997

Additional Suggestions:

Public administration in transition : a fifty-year trajectory worldwide : essays in honor of Gerald E. Caiden. edited by Demetrios Argyriades,O.P. Dwivedi,and Joseph G. Jabbra.Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell, c2007.
Dewey Library / JF 1351 P81813 2007

Outstanding women in public administration : leaders, mentors, and pioneers. Edited by Claire L. Felbinger and Wendy A. Haynes. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2004.
Dewey Library / HQ 1391 U5 O928 2004

If you have questions or would like more information on innovators in public administration, please contact Richard Irving, our Public Administration Subject Specialist. He can be reached at rirving@albany.edu or 442-3696.

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley

August 7, 2013

Pioneers in Criminal Justice

If you are a Criminal Justice student, you may be interested in some of the founders of modern thought within the field. The Dewey Graduate Library has a number of works about key innovators who changed the way we look at criminal justice issues. 

August Vollmer (March 7, 1876 - November 4, 1955) was a pioneer in police professionalism and advocated for major changes to the field. Early in his career, Vollmer was tagged a hero after singlehandedly preventing a train disaster. In 1909 he became the first Berkeley Chief of Police and didn’t retire until 1932. As Chief, he oversaw a complete reorganization of the police force and urged others to professionalize police work to a degree it had never been before. He began a conversation about and within the profession which continues to this day.

Check out:
Robinson, Jane Howard, and Gene E. Carte. August Vollmer : Pioneer In Police Professionalism / Interviews Conducted By Jane Howard Robinson. n.p.: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California, Bancroft Library, 1972-1983., 1972.
Dewey Library Oversized/HV 7911 V6 A84X 1972 V.2


O.W. Wilson (May 15, 1900-October 18, 1972) was taught by August Vollmer, and went on to establish the first Police Science degree. He impressed upon his superiors, colleagues, and the academic community the importance and value of a police education. He taught at Harvard in the 1930’s and authored several books on Police Science which highlighted the need for a scholarly approach to Police training and Police administration.

Check out:
Bopp, William J. "O.W.": O. W. Wilson and the search for a police profession Port Washington, N.Y. : Kennikat Press, 1977.
Dewey Library / HV 7911 W54 B66

In addition you may be interested in some of these other books in our collection:

Dale, Elizabeth. Criminal justice in the United States, 1789-1939.Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Dewey Library / HV 9950 D35 2011

Oliver, W.M. and Marion, N.E. The making of criminal justice policy in the United States : essays on the role of the President, the Congress, and the public. Lewiston : Edwin Mellen, c2008.
Dewey Library / HV 9950 M25 2008

If you are interested in learning more about those who have contributed to modern criminal justice thought, please contact Criminal Justice Bibliographer Dick Irving at ririving@albany.edu or 442-3698.

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley